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Feb 19, 2014 10:41 PM

Food from childhood you cannot eat

I made hamburger helper tonight. The stroganoff variety. I liked it as a kid, doctored up with sour cream and Worcestershire sauce. I have basically been sick ever since. What foods did you eat when you were young that you can't tolerate now?

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  1. <I have basically been sick ever since>

    What do you mean by "sick"?

    There are foods which I no longer able to find and therefore cannot eat, but that is not what you were referring.

    I cannot think of any food which I used to able to eat, but no longer able to. I suppose the one that comes closest is the Chuck E Cheese pizza, maybe. I had fond memories of going to Chuck E. Cheese as a kid. Then, I stopped going for decades. About 4 years ago, I decided to walk into one. What a revelation! I hate the pizza there.

    I don't know if the pizza quality has taken a major drive, or that the pizza was always bad and I just didn't notice it when I was a kid.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Basically, I've felt bad since eating it. Belly ache and headache.

      1. re: deputygeorgie

        Coming from a meat eating family In my childhood and having been "off the hoof" for over 30 years, I concur that changes in diet can render one intolerant. I had a medium-sized cheeseburger with my nephew four years ago and experienced 30 hours of abdominal discomfort. Also, after a significant gallbladder attack during Super Bowl of 1990, I no longer eat triple-stuffed cheese pizza. Both the burger (and more than one) and multiple slices of cheese pizza were well tolerated in my youth but no more.

        1. re: deputygeorgie

          This is weird. Why was my response to you get deleted? Anyway, I just wanted to say that I wasn't sure if you meant "sick" as in "tried of" something. Thanks for your answer.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            By clue! I didn't even realize anyone else had responded. I wish I was just tired of it but I ended up not being able to look that stroganoff in the eye.

          2. re: deputygeorgie

            too much sodium and added sour cream will make you sick

        2. Probably a lot of foods. Kids cuisines (frozen TV dinner for kids) I used to have them for lunch a lot, but seeing them on the shelves now, they look disgusting. Oscar Meyer Bologna used to be a treat for me when I'd go to a friend's house since my Mom never bought it, but it grosses me out now. McChickens from McDonalds. I used to enjoy them in all their mayonnaise goodness ( hate mayo now) and the chicken is suspect. Probably a lot of processed chicken products. Any frozen chicken nuggets I used to eat and love as a kid, I'm sure after examining the meat I wouldn't touch now. Regular Coke! I'm addicted to Diet now and no longer like the taste of regular.

          I never had hamburger helper often enough as a kid to remember it, but I'm pretty sure I'd find it more palatable today than the other things I mentioned above. Also, I can definitely still tolerate Chuck E Cheese pizza. I'm sure if I can eat frozen ones, I can eat their's.

          1. Miracle Whip
            Green bean casserole
            Wonder Bread
            Popcorn with milk for breakfast
            Cool Whip
            Jello "salads"
            Powdered milk
            Rubbery American "cheese"
            Campbell's tomato soup
            Instant Rice
            Hungry Man fried chicken dinner (ok - so this was a college stoner staple - still in my "youth" lol)

            3 Replies
            1. re: nlgardener

              I am pretty sure I could still put down a Hungry Man Fried Chicken under the right circumstances I just don't buy them anymore - if one was in my freezer there is all likelihood it would get eaten - but yes they are terrible especially when nuked.

              1. re: JTPhilly

                I buy a Hungry Man Fried Chicken dinner about once a year for pure nostalgia and deliciousness then sit in a salt and carb stupor for 12 hours afterward.

              2. re: nlgardener

                Ditto on Miracle Whip.

                Nothing else comes to mind.

              3. Sardines. My father would mash them up, put them on Silvercup bread, add a liitle ketchup, and we'd devour them. I remember liking it. Wouldn't go near a sardine now - with or without ketchup.

                Canned macaroni of any variety.

                Cocoa puffs.

                Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. A Bizarro-world concoction if there ever was one. Yuck.

                1. I can't think of any "cannot eat" foods but plenty of "don't eat" foods. Kraft mac and cheese, velveeta, TV dinners, diet soda, chocolate milk, and more.

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                  1. re: tcamp

                    Agreed. The OP seems to have meant foods which result in some form of illness or discomfort but most of the responses cite things the idea of which the responder now finds offputting, and has not tasted in years.

                    When I was younger, I knew that I would have cramps and the runs soon after eating blueberries, strawberries, or pancake syrup. Never stopped me from eating them, just meant only having them at home. I haven't had trouble with them in over 30 yrs (now in my 60's). There are certainly things I used to ear that I *don't* now, but nothing that I *can't*, as long as I follow a high-fiber diet and don't eat close to bedtime.